Friday, October 10, 2014

Parents for Public Schools workshop

As I mentioned in my first post, I went to a Parents for Public Schools workshop.  Some things I learned, besides the overwhelming number of elementary schools:

The speaker started off the evening talking about the K2C Savings Account, which I thought was odd but also nice as I had heard of it in the news but didn't know any details.  (The K2C website mentions that this is incorporated into the public school math curriculum.  Do they really do this?  Seems like a neat opportunity.)

How the lottery works - I'm sure all you attentive SF K Files readers already know the details, but I was really vague about how this process worked.  For example, I didn't realize that each K program is treated as an independent assignment/lottery process for the first step, so I really didn't understand what they meant when they said that listing more choices helped your chances of getting something that you want.  Tonight I rummaged around the SFUSD webpage and found this fact sheet.

Another fun fact that I didn't know -- elementary schools have one of 3 different start times.  (Thanks to commenters and a friend's mega-spreadsheet, now I know they are 7:50, 8:40, and 9:30 although possibly with some extra variation e.g. McCoppin.)  This information and other basics are in the Enrollment Guide and Enrollment form which are released at the Oct 25 Enrollment Fair.  I don't want to wait that long!

PPS has a mailing list, which I just signed up for, and they also have parent ambassadors at each school that they can connect you with.

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